A QUICK GLIMPSE OF ERIK "El Terrible" MORALES
48 Wins - 4 Losses - 34 KOs
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Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales 3
Super Featherweight Championship
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Distributed by Canadastar Boxing Inc.
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On Closed Circuit-Pay Per View
At the age of 29, Erik is universally recognized as one of the best boxers in the world at any weight, pound-for-pound. He is also one of the most exciting, and has fought in several of the most sensational battles of recent years.
The former WBC super bantamweight, two-time featherweight, and super featherweight world champion, Erik became only the second fighter from Mexico to win world titles in three weight divisions - Julio Cesar Chavez was the first. Like Chavez, Erik is also a certain future Hall of Famer.
Erik is coming off a TKO loss in his last fight on January 21, the rematch against former two-time world champion Manny Pacquiao . After the fight, Erik said, “I ran into a guy with a lot of ambition who wanted to win very much. He was in great condition and was obviously well-prepared to fight me. It was a very tough, intense fight. I think I had some good moments early, but was getting very tired as the fight was going in the later rounds. I have nothing but respect for Pacquiao, he's a good person and he beat me. You won't hear any excuses from me. Now I'm looking forward to getting some rest and spending some time with my wife Andrea, who is due in February with our first child.”
Erik moved up to the lightweight division for the first time on September 10 against Zahir Raheem , and lost an upset 12-round decision.
In his first fight against Manny Pacquiao on March 19, 2005, Erik gave a sensational performance and won by 12-round decision. After the fight, Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press reported from ringside, “Morales, fighting with the cool precision of a champion who has been there many times before, got the better of Pacquiao with jabs and big right hands…they didn't disappoint, going after each other from the opening bell in a fight that grew in intensity…the two fighters went toe-to-toe in a frenetic 12 th round that had the crowd standing and cheering.”…
Steve Kim of Maxboxing.com reported, “People always talk of reforming and revitalizing the sport of boxing. The answer to saving this sport is very simple: more fighters like Morales and Pacquiao, and fights like the one that took place on Saturday night. There's no doubt about it, this Tijuana bred boxer is the single toughest, roughest, man in boxing.”
Doug Fischer of Maxboxing.com wrote, “Morales…with arguably the biggest win of his career, was born to fight.”
At the post-fight press conference, Erik said, “It was a great pleasure to fight this way.
I think I was controlling the fight with my distance. Sometimes I need to put a little flavor into the ring. My promoter always says that I make the fights very difficult, but they're not difficult, they're fun for the public. I decided to stop myself in front of him in the twelfth round because I wanted to give the public what they deserve. It was a great round. I'm very happy about it.”
A pro since the age of 16, Erik has given impressive performances at the highest levels of competition and scored several spectacular wins. He has defeated current or former world champions Manny Pacquiao , Marco Antonio Barrera , Carlos Hernandez , Jesus Chavez , Guty Espadas twice , Paulie Ayala , Injin Chi , Kevin Kelley , Wayne McCullough , Junior Jones , Jose Luis Bueno , Daniel Zaragoza , and Hector Acero-Sanchez .
JANUARY: LOST BY TKO in a rematch against former IBF jr. featherweight and WBC flyweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (40-3-2): It was an exciting fight, and both gave tremendous efforts. The early rounds were close, but Erik rallied and swept rounds three through five on all three scorecards and after five rounds, led by scores of 49-46, 48-47, 48-47. Pacquiao came on strongly in the 6 th - he consistently landed the harder punches and swept rounds six through nine on all three scorecards; Pacquiao scored two knockdowns in the 10 th - the first with a straight left hand, the second after a series of punches - and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:33; after nine rounds, Pacquiao led by scores of 86-85, 87-84, 87-84; after the fight, Erik said, “He hit me with a lot of real good, hard shots. I got hit in the head a lot. I was tired because of making weight, and I was tired because of all the tough fights I've had."
SEPTEMBER: LOST VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE CHALLENGE by a 12-round unanimous decision against 1996 U.S. Olympian, Zahir Raheem. it was Morales' first fight at 135 pounds, and a big upset. Raheem frustrated Erik with constant lateral movement and outworked him. Raheem rocked Morales in the 5 th round and built a lead on the scorecards, but Erik rallied in the 11 th and staggered Raheem with a right hand and Raheem's glove touched the canvas, but it was not scored a knockdown. Afterwards, Morales said, “He was very difficult to fight. He's very elusive. He never really put up a fight because he was moving around so much. He hit me with a lot of punches, but he also missed a lot, and I blocked a lot with my arms. I was frustrated by his style more than I was by our weight. I was getting in clean shots. I was putting on the pressure and honestly, I thought I won the fight. I don't know what the judges were thinking.”…
MARCH: WON VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE, WBC ELIMINATION BOUT by a 12 round unanimous decision against former IBF jr. featherweight and WBC flyweight world champion, Manny Pacquiao (39-2-2). It was the most highly-anticipated fight of the year so far, and it was boxing at its best. It was a ferocious battle that repeatedly brought the fans to their feet. Pacquiao started fast and won the first and third rounds on all three scorecards, but Erik weathered the early storm and rallied in the middle and late rounds. Morales won the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds on two scorecards, then the eighth, tenth, and eleventh on all three; Pacquiao was cut over the right eye in the 5 th round - ruled by a punch - but he won the seventh round on two scorecards, and swept the ninth and twelfth. Both stood toe-to-toe in the final round and punched non-stop until the bell. After the fight, Morales said, “He was a tough guy. I hit him with everything. I knew the guy was quick. My confidence level went up with every round. I was controlling everything and I threw a good left jab and I felt real good doing that. I knew he was fast and he is fast, but I think my experience and everything I know in the ring was able to control everything he had. I wasn't focused on them stopping the fight. I wanted to punish him.”…
NOVEMBER: LOST WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE by a 12 round majority decision against Marco Antonio Barrera by the narrowest of margins. Their highly anticipated third battle was a specacular fight drawing a capacity crowd of over 11,000. Barrera started fast and rocked Erik late in the first round and bloodied his nose in the second. Erik came back strongly in the second half of the fight and won four of the last six rounds on two judges' scorecards. The third judge scored the same except for the 11th, which he scored even and it made the difference for Morales between a draw and a loss.
JULY: WON 1ST WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE, WON IBF JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE by a 12-round unanimous decision against defending IBF world champion Carlos Hernandez (40-3-1). In an exciting fight, Hernandez gave a tremendous effort and constantly pressed forward, but Erik boxed effectively consistently landing the harder, more accurate punches and rocked Hernandez several times. The crowd gave both fighters a standing ovation at the final bell.
FEBRUARY: WON WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE by a 12-round unanimous decision against defending champion Jesus Chavez (40-2). His knees midway through the 1st round, but he came back to score two knockdowns in the 2nd, and Chavez was cut over the left eye. Chavez injured his right shoulder early in the fight and threw very few right hands, but still fought aggressively for the rest of the fight with his jab and left hooks and cut Erik over the eye in the 4th. The fans were on their feet during the 12th round giving the fighters a standing ovation at the final bell.
OCTOBER: WON BY KO against former WBC featherweight world champion, Guty Espadas (37-5) in a rematch. Espadas fought aggressively, but was knocked downwith a right hand in the 3rd round which left Espadas flat on his back and he was counted out.
MAY: WON 3RD WBC FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by TKO against Bobby Boy Velardez (24-4-1). Although Velardez gave a determined effort, he was overpowered and knocked down in the 1st, 4th,and 5th rounds when the fight was stopped without a count.
MARCH; WON 2ND WBC FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by TKO against Eddie Croft (23-6-1). Morales scored three knockdowns and stopped Croft at 2:20 of the 3rd round. All the fighters on the card donated their purses to Vamos Mexico, a childrens charity headed by Marta Sahagun, wife of Mexican president Vicente Fox.
NOVEMBER: WON VACANT WBC FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE by a 12 round unanimous decision against former WBA bantamweight champion Paulie Ayala (34-1). The early rounds were close, but Ayala's opponent started to dominate in the middle rounds, consistently landing the harder punches and Ayalas left eye began to swell. He slowed his pace in the late rounds and Ayala rallied, but Ayala was rocked with a series of devastating punches in the 12th..
JUNE: LOST WBC FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE in a 12 round unanimous decision against Marco Antonio Barrera (53-3). It was a close, exciting battle that earned a standing ovation from the crowd, and a controversial decision that many observers thought Erik deserved to win. Erik constantly pressed forward and appeared to dominate the first half of the fight. He was cut on the bridge of the nose in the 2nd round, and cut and swollen over his right eye in the 8th. Barrera fought cautiously in the early rounds, but rallied as the fight progressed.
JULY: WON 1ST WBC FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by a 12 round unanimous decision against WBC No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Injin Chi (24-1). Fans were brought repeatedly to their feet in this hard, exciting fight. Chi gave a strong effort and constantly pressed forward, but Morales was the sharper, harder puncher and outworked him for much of the fight. Erik was cut and swollen over the left eye in the 6th round by an accidental clash of heads, and Chi was penalized one point in the 10th for various fouls. Morales' left eye was completely closed at the end of the fight.
FEBRUARY: WON WBC FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE by a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion Guty Espadas (33-2). Morales started fast and built an early lead, but Espadas showed tremendous heart and determination and rallied to win the last two rounds on all three scorecards.
SEPTEMBER: WON WBC INTERIM FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE by TKO against former WBC featherweight champion Kevin Kelley (51-4-2). Kelley gave a great effort, but Morales dominated the fight, scoring knockdowns in the 5th and 7th rounds, and the referee stopped the fight in the 7th round.
FEBRUARY: WON 9TH WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by a 12 round split decision against WBO champion Marco Antonio Barrera (49-2). It was one of the best fights of 2000, or any other year in an incredible battle with intense action from the first bell to the last, and very close. Both fighters were cut, battered, and spent. After the fight, Morales said, He was a brave fighter, and we both gave it all we had. We were both hurt during the fight. He was the biggest puncher I ever faced in the ring.
OCTOBER: WON 8TH WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by a 12 round unanimous decision against former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough (23-2). The exciting fight earned a standing ovation from the crowd.
JULY: WON 7TH WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by TKO against Reynante Jamili (39-4). Jamili gave a good effort, but Erik outworked him and dominated the fight. He scored a knockdown in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 3:02.
MAY: WON 6TH WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by TKO against Juan Carlos Ramirez (17-1). After he scored knockdowns in the 2nd, 3rd,, and 9th rounds, the referee stopped the fight after the 9th round.
FEBRUARY: WON 5TH WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by TKO against Angel Chacon (24-2). He knocked down Chacon - through the ropes, out cold. The fight was stopped without a count at in the 2nd round.
SEPTEMBER: WON 4TH WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by TKO against former two-time world champion Junior Jones (44-3). Morales scored a knockdown in the 4th round, rocked Jones several more times, and the fight was stopped at 2:55 after three rounds.
MAY: WOND 3RD WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by TKO in the 2nd round against former WBC world champion Jose Luis Bueno (30-8-2).
APRIL: WON 2ND WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by TKO against Remigio Molina (31-1). Morales scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, and stopped Molina at 2:24 of the 6th round.
DECEMBER: WON 1ST WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE by TKO against John Lowey (25-1). He was cut in the 3rd and 5th rounds by head clashes. Lowey was penalized one point in the 3rd for the headbutt, and two points in the 5th - for the headbutt and for an illegal punch. Lowey claimed an injured hand and could not continue after the 7th.
SEPTEMBER: WON WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE by TKO against defending WBC champion Daniel Zaragoza (55-7-3).